Winter in Central Kentucky Is upon Us..
- Does this need to be done to protect the fish?
- Do I have to keep all the ice off the pond all winter?
- Is it ever safe for the pond to be iced over and if so how long?
- If my pond needs to be deiced, how can I do this?
To be a little proactive this season we have decided to address some of these Questions. Generally speaking ice on a backyard koi pond for a week or two is not a problem for the fish. At this time of year, the koi have already gone into hibernation and are not feeding. This means that their metabolism has greatly slowed down and they are producing very little waste. Plant life has died back and vegetative material has hopefully been removed from the pond so there is little to decompose. Even if there is some vegetative material, with the water temperatures in the 30s and 40s, very little bacterial activity is occurring. So, overall, the biological processes in the pond have slowed down to a crawl. This means if any toxics are being formed, they are doing so at a very slow rate. Therefore, a pond that is totally iced over is not in immediate danger of toxic poisoning to the fish.
Pond De-Icers Are a great solution for Keeping your Pond Fish Safe
So what is the solution?
First of all it is not necessary to keep the pond all ice free all winter. So, if you live in an area that has sporadic icing in the winter, you probably do not need to take any action at all. However, here in the Lexington & Central Kentucky area where ponds routinely freeze hard you probably need to invest in a pond deicer. A pond de-icer is designed to keep open a vent hole in the ice to release the harmful gasses from underneath. Even the smallest of holes will suffice. As previously discussed, allowing your pond to completely freeze over during the winter months, the harmful gases produced by fish waste and plant decay cannot escape the ice, becoming deadly to your costly fish and plants.
Now you may be asking yourself, since we rarely get 2-3 weeks of sub-freezing temperatures here in Central Kentucky do I really need a pond deicer? I have heard it costs a small fortune to run it. Are there any other options?
Well that question is valid for some De-Icers you may buy at your Lexington/Central Kentucky area farm supply store. However there is an alternative to these expensive “Livestock water heaters”. We recommend the Aquascape Brand Pond De-icer for all Central Kentucky pond Owners.
The Aquascape Pond De-Icer features Stainless steel construction that prevents corrosion and cracking, an integrated thermostat saves electricity, Built-in LED light indicates when heater is in use, & a 3-Year limited manufacturer warranty.
Lexington, Nicholasville, Danville, Richmond, Georgetown, Versailles, Somerset and other surrounding communities.